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PUSH! Film Festival Surpasses Kickstarter Goal, Focuses on Film Competition

March 24, 2015

PUSH! Film Festival is off to a great start after surpassing its Kickstarter fundraiser goal! The first-year festival will be held on June 12—14, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol. The Festival plans to bring a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, and screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia.

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative, independent projects like the PUSH! Film Festival. With community support and online backing of the project, the fundraising goal of $10,000 was surpassed! Online backers of the project donated a total of $10,477. This funding will allow the Festival committee to purchase films, pay jurors for the film competition, and other items needed to make the PUSH! Film Festival a success.

The Festival is currently accepting submissions for its film competition. The juried film competition will award prizes in four categories: Best Short, Best Feature, Best Tennessee Film, and Best Virginia Film. With the last two categories, the films must have been shot (in part or in whole) in the relevant state or have been made by a filmmaker whose hometown or current residence is in Tennessee or Virginia.

With the film competition being newly opened, PUSH! has already received several film submissions, and the committee is getting excited to start viewing the films. Filmmakers can submit their films via Film Freeway, or by sending an email screener link to committee member Rusty Sheridan (rustysheridan@gmail.com), who is coordinating the film competition. While electronic submission is encouraged, filmmakers can also submit a DVD by mail to Believe in Bristol, Attn. PUSH! Film Festival, PO Box 1931, Bristol, TN 37621.

The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2015, and the late deadline is May 18, 2015. A small fee for submissions is required – for shorts, Tennessee, and Virginia films, the fee is $15 and $25 for late deadline for submissions; for features, the fee is $30 and $40 for late deadline submissions. Students and educators can submit films for free.

Filmmakers will be notified of the status of their film in early June after going through the jurying process.

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival and the film competition (including rules and guidelines), visit www.pushfilm.org or filmfreeway.com/festival/PUSHFilmFestival, or contact Brad White at 276-644-9700 or brad@believeinbristol.org.